Next on the list of science fiction flicks coming soon to a theater near you is the Warner Brothers adaptation of All You Need is Kill. The original story, written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, was published in graphic novel format and received much critical acclaim, particularly from literary circles. Bringing the tale to the big screen has been in the works since 2010, and it looks like it’s finally and officially ready to go.
For those unfamiliar with the story behind All You Need is Kill, here’s a brief description:
It follows the main character, Keiji Kiriya as he enlists in the United Defense Force to help fight against alien bad-guys. After being killed on the battlefield, Keiji reawakens, memories still intact, and is forced to relive the whole thing again. Caught in something inexplicable, he tries to figure out what he can do to change his recurring fate.
So far, Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt have been cast to play the lead roles and Doug Liman (Bourne Identity) will be directing.
While the premise sounds fun and might make a good film is done right, I have to wonder at the choice of actors involved. Tom Cruise doesn’t exactly seem the young Japanese soldier type to me, but maybe I underestimate his amazing acting skills? Not to mention that the changes being made to the film remove a lot of the original setting and replace it with a USA, home-grown-beef approach (AKA white folks only please). This is one of many such films that have been forced to undergo this sort of treatment, a habit that Hollywood seems all-too-eager to indulge.
What do you think Nerdreaders? Getting tired of seeing Japanese stories and characters layered over in order to make them more appealing to Western audiences? Or does it really even matter as long as the movie turns out good?
Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the info on this one.